How to make Chocolate Hot Cross Bun Pudding

Hot Cross Buns are so good that it’s a shame they are only available around Easter.  Sometimes I make my own hot cross buns but otherwise it’s a case of maximising the hot cross bun eating opportunities in the lead-up to Easter.  One way to do this is by making a bread and butter pudding using hot cross buns and chocolate.  This does rely on having some uneaten hot cross buns which is sometimes difficult to achieve.  Luckily I got a delivery of organic sour dough hot cross buns from the excellent Zeally Bay Bakery so I had buns to spare.

The finished Chocolate Hot Cross Bun Pudding 

6 hot cross buns
30g butter
150g roughly chopped dark chocolate
1 tsp cinnamon
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
600ml cream
Zest of 1 orange
4 eggs
200g caster sugar

Heating the cream, vanilla and orange zest for the Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

1. Butter a baking dish which will snugly fit the hot cross buns.

2.  Half the hot cross buns and butter each half. Lay the bases in a baking dish and sprinkle with the chopped chocolate and cinnamon then top with the bun tops.

3. Place the vanilla pod and seeds in a saucepan with the cream and zest, and heat over a gentle heat until just simmering. Remove from the heat.

4.  Beat the eggs and sugar until just combined, then pour into the warm cream, stirring continuously. Pour the custard over the buns and cover the pudding and put it in the fridge for half an hour (or longer if you want) so the buns soak up the custard.

Making the custard for the Chocolate Hot Cross Bun Bread and butter Pudding

4.  Preheat the oven to 180c.

5.  Cook the pudding in a water bath by placing the pudding dish in a large roasting pan and pouring enough boiling water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the pudding dish. Cook in the oven for about 45 minutes or until the custard is slightly set and wobbly.

Serving up the Chocolate Hot Cross Bun Pudding 

Serves six. 


  1. This is a great idea!!! Not entirely a fan of hot cross buns myself, so maybe I’ll learn to like them if they’re served this way.

  2. Oh my goodness! THERE IS A GOD! These look super naughty and utterly divine.

  3. This is very impressive! What a great Easter dessert.

  4. Wow. Love the twist you’ve given to bread and butter pudding but how to find leftover hot cross buns is the bigger quandary! lol

  5. Temasek – this might be the recipe that converts you!

    Sofia – I can guarantee they are both…

    Kari – Yes if you can find leftover buns (always a problem)

    Helen – That’s my issue as well…

  6. Hot cross buns an absolute weakness, this sounds amazing but how to get six home intact?!

  7. Jo – That is my problem as well!

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